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twenty four. i. think a high level corruption scandal in turkey triggered street violence as police break up crowds demanding the government's resignation. yes you can a federal judge rules it's legal for the n.s.a. to collect the telephone records of millions of americans it helps to counter terrorism all american and british media are slammed for failing to challenge the government's. role is not to be. spokespeople journalist glenn greenwald scolds his colleagues for unquestioningly serving those in power he addresses an international act is called. the year winds down we look back at some of the most significant stories of twenty thirteen among them the hunger striking detainees in guantanamo force fed in response to the protest
against indefinite detention. center at ten pm here in moscow is kevin to be with you this very good to have you company our top story that a massive anti-government demonstration in istanbul central square has been violently dispersed by police in the last twenty four hours the rallies were sparked by a high level corruption investigation that's led to a major cabinet reshuffle in the arrests of several top officials demonstrators are now demanding the country's prime minister step down but leave them selves caught in the corruption allegations a smear campaign security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to push back protesters in istanbul early and r.t. crews there got caught up in the chaos that erupted. into the place at this time
when the safety and the police trying to push them back as a kind of the police the real. this place has. a good feeling to stand. with. me since we think. the political. speech. came in for. the past year but for the first thing we see the prime minister thinks thing a challenge from the people who. come with. him and it will let you know you. really should be able to take us to. the briefing to get back.
to us where you can see some of the places. of the cities telling us that space because they. well turkey's prime minister's been addressing crowds of supporters in the country's western city even this earlier he vowed to put up a fight refusing to give in to the protesters demands freedoms journalist a blogger who was in istanbul jackson square last night she told me that deep divides emerged into society. it's not just the corruption scandal it's just one of the recent explosives that that kind of came upon are the one and leadership you have a big group of people who are against a ruling party and against the are no i'm regime but then there are still a considerable amount of people they so concerned about very charismatic leader and they still believe in everything that he says so whenever he goes on camera as in my nice hour everywhere else that he's been in the past week ever since the
corruption case. and he's been saying that you know this is a conspiracy theory that this is the work of israel or the us or our group movement itself people do believe. shortage and i will speak to the widow of a russian assassinated in the wake of a conflict with michael korda kafka's former oil company tells us who she thought was behind her husband's murder it's about quarter i was time. but next one of the other states most a tourist surveillance techniques it's sweeping phone tapping program has been ruled legal a federal judge said it's crucial for security because it collects everything and that's just part of another federal judge concluding quote the bolt phone records collection was likely unconstitutional is more important got the story. a federal judge in new york william of pauli ruled friday that protections under the fourth amendment do not apply to records held by third parties like phone companies that the n.s.a.'s indiscriminate and systematic collection and storage of phone records
belonging to all americans while that's lawful during his decision he also raised the nine eleven attacks arguing that if the n.s.a.'s metadata collection program had been in place before september eleventh two thousand more have been caught now the a.c.l.u. has expressed disappointment and says it plans to appeal that decision two weeks ago federal judge in washington d.c. said the n.s.a.'s mehta data program most likely violated the fourth amendment as part of that ruling a judge richard leon ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs who brought the case against the u.s. government will have to wait and see if the supreme court does take up the issue of the n.s.a. very controversial metadata program us president barack obama was asked to identify any specific instance in which analysis of the n.s.a.'s bulk metadata collection
actually stopped an imminent attack the u.s. president could not identify one instance or at least he did not give one example to the journalists that were asking him now u.s. officials have for many years asked americans to sacrifice some of their privacy in the name of security but so far no top u.s. official can mention any danger imminent danger that's been thwarted through the collection of everyone's personal information. revelations from initially whistleblower edward snowden lashed out to the mainstream media which belonged to the government's violations he made a keynote speech in front of the haikus conference in germany. too for the international gathering. perhaps the most anticipated speech of this year's calles communication conference was the keynote address by journalist and political commentator glenn greenwald he delivered his keynote speech by videophone to
a packed out auditorium here in albuquerque and which he praised edward snowden for the work that he's done and also called on those governments that have shown indignation at the revelations of how much their citizens are being spied on by america and its allies to do more than just show that indignation that they should do more to help the man who has sacrificed much in order to bring them the truth he also addressed the u.s. and british governments accusing them of routinely lying to their citizens and speaking about the press in those countries said that they were complicit in allowing the governments to do that lie you to understand just how the american and british media function or ball is not to be their role is to be people all those factions they pretend to exercise oversight the role of the us media and their british counterparts is to be voices for bows with the greatest power and to protect their interests and serve them but this conference isn't just about the
speakers it's also about workshops and we spoke to some of the organizers who were telling us just how with a little bit of knowledge you can help try and protect yourself line with things like encrypted emails now to the likes of me who are borderline computer illiterate and also quite frightening however they sold me with just a small amount of knowledge you can make sure that what you want to stay private states private be too quick to parties fair we invited interested people to learn about cryptography since a long while and we noticed since the summer that there's a huge group in requests for those trips to parties that's a party where we meet for like two or three hours and people who know how to encrypt emails how to encrypt your chat how to browse on the mislead in the internet teach this. to other people he actually asked people when they came why do i get here and people told us i learned that if we are spied on and i want to protect myself now the conference always draws a good crowd this is the thirtieth year that it's been running however this year
following those revelations from edward snowden it seems that more and more people are wanting to find out how they can look after their personal information online and they've been coming here to try and find out how. peter over there was talk more about privacy in our digital age and the actual role of the media monitoring the government and former m i five aged only mushrooms are joining us live from hamburg where the chaos communications congress the annual hiker's meeting is taking place rotel room i think they're very good a big should i say. in his address listen then glenn greenwald is pretty tough was merely as a fellow journalist is he right i mean after all little concession british t.v. did show that alternative christmas speech did move it from edward snowden we did yes but it's there has been a concerted turning a blind eye and most of the national media in the case edward snowden here now and there are a whole range of different mechanisms that the government and intelligence agencies
can use to control spies and to control the media within the u.k. when they're reporting on spy stories not least things like defense press advisory notice which is substance ship by the media as well as threatening and we trust these motivations secrets act as they did with the guardian and prosecuting individual journalists so there has been a woeful lack of meaningful discussion and not only within the gritty heat is certainly also the british political classes and it's interesting that i'm not as you say i mean how they're going to be talking at the c.c.c. tomorrow night about these sort of issues too and it's great to see the biggest gathering yet from people from across the world and particularly in europe i'm very very angry about this they cannot guarantee that their governments can protect their privacy rules they want to get into their own hands quite right as for the list of leaks and far to all this debate in the first place greenwald has also promised more revelations to come i don't know about you every new leagues things less surprising maybe we're just becoming a moon to it only. i hope not and i think it's just scared of what snowden has
disclosed in east on the world service and he said his own way of life that i think that there will be more and more serious revelations coming out with anything that is of the iceberg. and in fact you know it's clear that there is a debate in america about constitutional rights everything is so much pantomime because even if a decision is made within the u.s. establishment the u.s. government rein in the powers of the n.s.a. within the within the united states of america it still means they can investigate the rest of us around the world we have no rights and law and then of course and their partners like the british t.c.h. here or european intelligence agencies can still spy on us distance and give that information to the n.s.a. who are looking at that have not to as i just don't know where you surveillance system which is going global and this is why protecting our own minds protect your own privacy and taking back control entire towns the soucie i mean flow to serve. the fiber job what do you drive now your you think you've got to come up with anything more i don't he's in snowden's hands any more i mean that in mind of
course he has a temporary site and anyway russia on the understanding that he barely anything further but of course he can't control what's going greenwald will look portress or any of the other journalists who work with him have in their possession and want to want to push out so i think it will be a lot more revelations coming out a lot of very fundamental disclosures and as i said we just seen that in the us i think it's going to get renders what we learn over the coming year about how our basic procedures are basic freedom of basic free media to think freely and to speak freely has been a root is this local spy and not for my own are for a very join russia to talk shit about both for our five more but i'm afraid we're out of time for now thank you very much for being with us thank you. now with the new year just around the corner we continue our look at the big events twenty thirteen is set to be remembered for. one of the year's biggest stories was the hunger striking a made some guantanamo bay detention center despite repeated promises from the u.s.
to shut the infamous facility remains operational continues to spark public outrage and r.t. crew were behind the barbed wire this year to see what life was really like for the base there. every morning at eight am the u.s. national anthem erupts across the beast that holds america's most scandalous prison no one likes to be spit on no one wants to have their own torture hunger strikes and suicides have marred this place since two thousand and two and they're human beings after all they're there's no reason to expect that they enjoy being here you know we pretend otherwise prisoners held indefinitely in the name of the never ending war on terror whether they're innocent or guilty is not our job right now we have the court system to time and that in just over a decade a total of seven hundred seventy nine prisoners the majority released without charges on the other side of the barbed wire. life is a blast. furnace and water and it's nice there's nothing really bad about here
just like any common american town now is awfully scared to come here but i mean it's absolutely beautiful place when you get around other stuff getting around the other stuff is not hard a lot of what goes on here is kept under a thick veil of denial and secrecy camp delta house as a hospital and library and this is also the place where patients are force fed and even though the hunger strike is largely and officially said to be over we know that at least fifteen people are continually being force fed here today a tube is passed down through a person's nostril and pushed all the way down to their stomach before it's passed down the nose we lubricate it in we give the patient a choice do they want to have the key which is agent. area or if they want olive oil to lubricate the tube.
most of our patients have been using all of you seem to like it in fact some of our patients are so used to this they will. described which nostril they want this while major world medical bodies are in agreement that force feeding is not ethical and should not be practiced the force feeding them i've got my clients have experienced at one time or they've certainly described it as torture the restraint chair that they're strapped into they actually call the torture chair an arabic force feeding takes up to forty five minutes and is performed twice a day the patients that had the civilian world have said it feel strange i've never heard this is going on. i have not heard that good move phish shows are beyond nonchalant about the highly criticized practice you might feel differently from the way i might feel uncomfortable has been the most of it i have heard but they don't even believe in what this thing anymore because they know it sounds stupid i volunteer that the procedure be demonstrated on me request declined the prisoners who've not met one another and speak different languages keep saying the same thing
that we were tortured used. tied. to the chair legs to the ground. strap across and they forced in a tube into our noses never in thirteen years have detainees been allowed to speak directly to a journalist while remaining at get most only leaking statements through lawyers they would love nothing more than to sit down with journalists and just tell them you know about their daily lives but communicating seems to only occur here if someone was it a point where maybe they had been verbalizing a lot of hopelessness we were immediately intervening and trying to assist that person to make sure that there wasn't any thoughts of maybe wanting to harm themselves or in their lives with charts like these often used to pinpoint patients despair you asked them how do you feel right now and they'll be able to point to it we have not had a patient in this area. thank you meanwhile six suicides and dozens of suicide
attempts have taken place at the detention facility we haven't seen any autopsies the u.s. government hasn't released any formal reports or findings we're now inside two active camps at guantanamo camp five old single cells where the so-called less compliant detainees are held camp number six is one filled with communal cells when officials deem that detainees behave better there will be warded by being allowed to live in groups while detainees are kept away from us what we witness are clean empty prison cells with cozy pajamas colgate toothpaste and maximum security shampoos paraded in front of journalists as proof everything is so much better here than any silly horror stories we all have heard. r.t. . cuba. well we've been keeping track of the hunger strike out guantanamo since it began in february just a click away on our website we've got the full timeline of events surrounding the tories facility and for more stories that shape the year i think you stay with us
for further reports of why twenty thirty knots is right here on all. these labels have been. braving the elements in order to stand on u.s. soil giants chevron. this comes after a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which yemen is just one of the front lines. of the.
logan watching our team make heaven now in pardon the x. tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky is right in the wave of media hype right now a journalist across the globe seeking to interview the former high profile prisoner but important questions about his company's controversial actions back in the ninety nine he's going on ask such as how was you cause connected to the murder of a mayor in the city where the oil giant was registered and he really spoke to the mayor's widow. and it does this by the fact that hunter kosky has escaped responsibility on those counts i am convinced he is behind my husband's murder. why
do you think the hoof was shot dead on his way to work with the whole of the poor your profile that he walked to work and he usually did and was shot he died from the last chart in the temple. it just was the mayor if you got his mind every game tightly wound with one of the most notorious legal sagas of the last shot you can skate from one thousand nine hundred five your giant is face to you can dance and they taxes to the city and the region if they're welcomed by you because was registered there so when it came to tax revenues it was answering to the mayor of new york to your guns can you do it with the hope they depended on him and that was the only reason why he even mattered how did they insist her late husband as a mayor of the town because he was registered was approached by top managers of the company. i. first offered to reach an agreement so he called it optimization of taxes back then production reached about seventy million
tons of oil and here they said there was too much but the and seven eight million tons would be more than enough but let's have the first few sr i could deal moreover he went on hunger strike demanding investigation into vehicles alleging their corruption scheme involved many regional officials several days later he was found murdered and used to get found his killing was ordered by the co owner of ucas but many don't agree with that finding they believe that the two halves murder wasn't connected to you chris and they allege a tax fraud scheme that of course he himself said if there was the need to avoid taxes then there were many other ways it could have been done the former head of security at the company received a life sentence for gauging feeling guilty for his wife is sure that the real mastermind has never been held to account. only time will solve the mystery
surrounding my husband's murder but i'd just like her to kake to confess and clear his conscience which. even goes. right now with our two dogs a conscience false an american professor. zein the admitted is revolutionary aids vaccine which brought in a multimillion dollar grant won't bring relief to those suffering little more much story disturbing twist dot com bust you can now follow the ocean's voice for a show's producer on twitter to find what a stray and scientists have come up with to keep swimmers from an unwelcome shark encounter on our website. police in bahrain of arrested a prominent leader of the main cheer opposition bloc security forces used tear gas to disperse supporters of the selma that had gathered outside his home demanding is immediate release i spoke earlier with saeed had he's a member of the same party told me the sunni led government blocking every attempt to dialogue the problem that behind all of this that yesterday i.
pray in capital manama he tried to criticize the policy of the authenticity and tried to remind the people are about what's happened on two thousand and thirteen which means that he is talking about the situation in bahrain calling for democracy calling for peaceful demonstration. is concerned by the authority as a crime unfortunately i.e. in a nut shell he you and your party want a constitutional monarchy for bahrain or anywhere near getting bad at any stage soon. actually this is a kind of struggle we are calling for a constitutional. monarchy because we believe that's what's existing now it's dictatorship it's corruption in politics so we need to change our situation in
these for my now and professional political activities and fortunately the thirty day they go up or share this kind of opposition which is very nice for a proper chanelle. the biggest. block in the in the parliament and they should consider this and put it on their minds. as part makes that russian ship has been called in the antarctic for christmas with an australian scientific expedition on board makers is the may have to wait now till sunday for help the ship the academic got stuck in thick ice on tuesday well the latest is two ice breakers a chinese ship and a french vessel before it both failed in their rescue mission they had to turn back now all hopes of being pinned on the strain and ship which has the best chance they say of reaching the stranded scientists meantime the passengers themselves and the crew are said to be keeping the spirits up said have enough supplies and they're
continuing the research me time to take their time up despite the setback posted. a couple of world news stories in brief in egypt student protesters been killed in clashes police at a university in cairo state media says the violence sparked after supporters of the muslim brotherhood set fire to campus buildings organizers deny the allegations saying the demonstrators only resisted the use of tear gas against them at least sixty students were arrested in those disturbances. in southern india fire express trains killed at least twenty three passengers including two children it was sixty people on board the blaze engulfed the carriage early on saturday it's leave most of the victims suffocated and officials say the fix mostly come from rescue efforts because that fire still. there are twenty seven minutes past ten at night here in moscow things play with this coming away in about half an hour's time more news on r.t. international but we go stateside very shortly with abby martin for breaking the set or if you're in the u.k. we're going to send you to orbit again around the world with george galloway enjoy
. summer break a time when all students rejoice and most importantly relax but in russia summer break for male students could change dramatically and involve lots of guns currently male russian citizens have to put a year into the armed forces but the ministry of defense thinks that they can make things easier by having students spend their summer breaks in the military this training would tie in with their future professions such as engineering students being put into military engineering position now the question is does your summer break belong to you or another words to the government have the right to tell you what to do and make you serve in the army even if just for three summers during your college years i think the answer this really depends on your culture in places which haven't been invaded countless times or have a strong individual ism streak any form of conscription sounds barbaric and
oppressive but if you come from a country that is less individualistic and has been attacked invaded by pretty much every country that possibly could like russia then having a draft makes more sense i think this program could work and if i was in college i would be pumped to spend my summer vacation with some heavy artillery but this is definitely not a universal idea for all countries i don't think liberals or libertarians in america would take too kindly to it and rightly so but that's just my opinion. it's going on everyone i'm abby martin and this is breaking the sat in the course technically over looks like a new kind of arms race is alive and well the european leaders have just announced they're forming a drone on the fission upand decades in the making and france germany and several
other nations are pouring money into a new general. of armed drones to rival those used by the u.s. and israel looks like all of america's unmanned kills are leading to a bad case of drone and b. but it's not just europe that has set its sights on these deadly robots for the last few years iran has been working on its own drone fleet this week the islamic republic on the failed its largest armed unmanned aerial vehicles to date capable of striking targets almost anywhere in the middle east in fact the u.a.e. views are so popular now seventy six countries possess them according to government accountability office one can only hope the world leaders are taking into account the alarming inefficiency and deadly outcome of these drone wars because if they don't will find out the true danger of a global drone race. the. it's a. very hard.